Not long ago I put my name down on the council list for an allotment. When I say 'not long ago ' I mean... about three weeks ago. I settled down to wait, amidst advice from friends and family that the wait could be anything from 6 months to 11 years!! Lots of time to study gardening books and get my own little back garden ready for the summer.
However, yesterday I arrived home from work to find a letter waiting for me ... offering me an allotment only 4 minutes walk away from my house!! A plot of 50m square ( that's about 30 feet by 15 feet I think ) for the princely rental sum of .... wait for it..... £10 per year.
I couldn't wait to go and find it! I strolled up the road and, after a little hunting, could see the allotments behind a couple of houses.Eventually I even found the entrance! It is a well hidden little plot to say the least! I couldn't actually get in to see my plot, as the gate was locked, but I am going to arrange to go and see it.
The big question is... should I take it? Do I have the time to care for it properly? It is only a little plot, but it will still take some clearing. My sister-in-law appears to have got cold feet over it so it would be down to me... Although my neighbour has offered to help a bit if I install a beer fridge!!
What do you think? Do you have an allotment and can you advise me please??!! I will take photos when I go to see it and will post asap. You never know - I could end up having a veggie blog as well as all the others!!